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Tuesday, June 23rd  |  5 pm EST


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Samantha Harris

I’m a senior at the University of Alabama majoring in Elementary Education! While at Alabama, I decided to join my sorority, Sigma Delta Tau. This is a national Jewish sorority that supports sisterhood, building better communities, and is all about empowering women. Our philanthropies, or service organizations, we support are Prevent Child Abuse America, which helps children escape abusive households and be able to get the care and help they need in order to survive, and Jewish Women International, which supports women across the country to obtain food, clothes, and shelter.


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Why University of Alabama?

What do you love about your school?

There is so much to love about Alabama, it is hard to explain the amount of appreciation and love I have for my school. I love the atmosphere and spirit all the students have on a Saturday football game, the education I receive where they build on my passions and give me the ability to succeed, and the friends that I will have for a lifetime through thick and thin! I have had an amazing experience at Alabama, and I would not trade my experience for anything else! I am so sad to graduate and have to leave it all behind, but I know that the experiences I have had and the memories I have made will last forever!

Why did you choose your school when you were a senior in high school? Walk us through that process.

When I was a senior in high school, I had no idea where I was going to go for college. My parents did not want me to travel very far, so originally I applied to all in-state colleges. My older sister was already attending The University of Alabama at this point, so I decided to apply just to see if I could get in. Later in the semester, I decided to visit my sister in Tuscaloosa, Alabama for a typical Saturday football game. We walked around the beautiful campus and attended the game. This led me to fall in love with the atmosphere, kindness, and enthusiasm of the students, alumni, and overall Alabama community. At the game, I heard the roar of the crowds and had goosebumps all over, and at that moment, I decided that I was going to attend The University of Alabama for my college career!

What has been your favorite class so far? Tell us about it!

Being an Elementary Education major, I have been able to take so many different classes that have aided my experiences in the field of education. Although I love being able to go out into the schools, interacting with students, and teaching many lessons, my favorite class that I have taken is my Elementary Literacy class. In this class we were able to learn about different authors, famous children’s books, and present projects about different forms of learning by reading within the classroom. I really appreciated this class because we learned about the importance of a literacy rich environment and how to properly incorporate culture and diversity within books in the classroom! I found some of my favorite books from that class and will be able to include them within my curriculum and classroom for my future students to read and learn from.

What fun traditions do you like to partake in at your school?

If you do not already know, The University of Alabama is a BIG football school! Since this is the case, my favorite school tradition is attending tailgates and football games on Saturdays in the Fall semester. I love the spirit and community that comes from these games! There is nothing like hanging out with your best friends, grilling, listening to the band play on the quad, and getting hyped up for a W from your team! The feeling of walking into the stadium, seeing bright white and crimson lights in Bryant Denny Stadium, and hearing the roar of the crowd, puts goosebumps on your skin! It is the best tradition of every Saturday and I miss it SO much!

Tell us about Jewish life on campus. How have you been able to engage with this aspect of your identity while at school?

Jewish life is not hard to find on campus at Alabama. There are two student organizations on campus that you can participate in. These include Hillel and Chabad. Both of these organizations support Jewish life on campus and bring together the Jewish students at the University. They host shabbat dinners every Friday night, celebrate all Jewish Holidays, and are different places to study or hangout with different Jewish students around campus. We also have four nationally Jewish sororities and fraternities on campus. These include Sigma Delta Tau, Zeta Beta Tau, Sigma Alpha Mu, and Alpha Epsilon Pi. Although not all of them include only Jewish members, it is a great way to connect with other students at the university through philanthropies, sisterhood/brotherhood, and events held by the organizations!

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